Keira Knightley Rises Above Injury And Stalkers To Do Broadway Show ‘Therese Raquin’
This week has been tough for Keira Knightley, but nothing and no one is stopping Keira Knightley from doing that Broadway show.
Today, the New York Daily News reports that Keira Knightley’s Broadway show Therese Raquin just got cancelled because Keira has met an unexpected injury. It hasn’t been the best time for Broadway nor for Keira Knightley, who was reported to be missing Wednesday’s show due to an unforeseen injury to her wrist. No details have been released regarding Keira Knightley’s minor injury but the Roundabout Theatre Company, the people behind Knightley’s Therese Raquin play, assures that Keira will be back for Thursday’s show.
Keira Knightley won’t let more obstacles stop her from doing her long-due Broadway role, as she is seen already back for Thursday’s rehearsals. New York Post, however, thinks that the company cut her cartwheels scene to accommodate Knightley’s injury.
Prior to Knightley’s minor injury report, Therese Raquin has also suffered from an unexpected fiasco during a show last Thursday. The Inquisitr previously reported that last Thursday, during Knightley’s Therese Raquin performance, a man in the mezzanine got up, went to the railing, and shouted a couple of things in admiration (apparently) for Knightley. Most of the audience thought that the screaming man was part of the play until they figured out that he was professing his love directly to Keira Knightley.
The man is heard screaming, “Keira, none of this is real! This is all an act! Christ was born of a virgin! Will you marry me?”
Keira did not break character and kept ignoring the man, earning her and the audience more screaming.
“Five seconds is too long to wait for a response!” the man yelled.
The screaming man was eventually ushered outside the building in the middle of the play, but on his way out, he threw a bouquet of flowers at Knightley, still trying to get Knightley to respond to him. Keira was shocked as the flowers landed by her feet, but co-star Gabriel Ebert was quick to save Keira and kicked them off the stage. The audience watching Therese Raquin were finally satisfied that the screaming man had left the building and burst into applause as Ebert kicked the flowers.
Therese Raquin guest Kacey Bange told E! News how admirable Keira Knightley handled the screaming man situation throughout the show.
“I would say Keira did a very good job of keeping her composure. The guy kept yelling things and she kept going on with the play without missing a beat. Even after he threw the flowers, and the audience applauded as Gabriel Ebert kicked it away, she basically kept her cool and didn’t break a sweat. In fact, she kept reading her lines until the stage managers told her to stop. This was all professionalism. I respect it.”
The Daily Mail reports that Keira Knightley has already filed a complaint against the screaming man who made everyone felt uncomfortable during the night of October 1 inside Studio 54. While it may look like the screaming man could be harmless, some of his messages to Keira during the Therese Raquin show last Thursday were pretty unsettling, and someone with that kind of state of mind could pose some serious danger to Knightley.
She says that she was particularly alarmed by his words, “We’re going to be in heaven together.”
Keira has already filed a harassment complaint to the New York Police department, in fear that the screaming man could become a stalker.
A source told the New York Post, “She was scared. She wanted to document the incident to start a paper trail in case this guy turns into a stalker.”
And it was only natural for Knightley and her husband, James Righton, to take precautionary measures such as this. Knightley is one hardy actress, as she was back on the stage even right after the ordeal.
Therese Raquin is Keira Knightley’s debut on Broadway, a play based on Emile Zola’s 1867 novel. Therese Raquin is the story of a woman (played by Keira Knightley) who falls in love with her husband’s best friend. Therese Raquin, starring Keira Knightley and Gabriel Ebert, officially opens on Broadway October 29 at Studio 54.
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